BALTIMORE -- Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco was nearly untouchable for the first six innings of Wednesday night's game against the Orioles, fanning a season-high 10 batters.Carrasco -- who ran into trouble in the seventh but was bailed out by relief ace Andrew Miller -- allowed seven hits over six-plus scoreless
BALTIMORE -- Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco was nearly untouchable for the first six innings of Wednesday night's game against the Orioles, fanning a season-high 10 batters.
Carrasco -- who ran into trouble in the seventh but was bailed out by relief ace Andrew Miller -- allowed seven hits over six-plus scoreless innings to lead the Indians to a 5-1 victory over the Orioles. Carrasco recorded double-digit strikeouts for the 11th time in his career.
"[This outing] is telling me that everything's been good," Carrasco said. "I think that's really important to not walk anyone in situations right there. And, actually, I didn't know if I walked anyone or not, but more importantly, we just went out there and tried to put some zeros on the board, and then Miller came in and pitched great."
The Indians struggled early against Orioles starter Kevin Gausman, but they broke the scoreless tie in the fifth when Roberto Perez hit an RBI double and Francisco Lindor sent a two-run home run to center. The Indians tacked on two more runs in the ninth to give Baltimore its 18th straight game of allowing at least five runs.
"We are a better team when we get contributions all over the map," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "I mean, on a night where [Edwin Encarnacion] for the first time in a while didn't do anything, but other guys did. … [Bradley Zimmer] was getting some hits and on the bases doing some things, that's a good way to play."
Gausman was charged with three runs on six hits over 5 2/3 innings. The righty threw 112 pitches and struck out nine batters.
"I'm more upset about [walking the leadoff guy] to start the sixth inning," Gausman said. "It caused me not to be able to go six. Obviously, I'm trying to get through six right there, and kind of give our bullpen a little break."
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Miller's great escape: Miller entered the seventh inning with the bases loaded and no outs trying to maintain the Indians' 3-0 lead. The lefty got pinch-hitter Joey Rickard to ground into a forceout at the plate and struck out both Caleb Joseph and Ruben Tejada to end the inning. Miller then worked a perfect eighth.
"Oh my goodness. I mean, that's the ballgame," Francona said. "That's pretty impressive. We're up, 3-0, we seem like we're kind of hanging on there and most of the time you'd be like, 'Let's just try to limit the damage.' And for them to get nothing ... that's not the only time he's done it. That's certainly going to carry the heavy lifting. … That was very impressive." More >
Lindor's two-run blast: In the fifth, Lindor blasted a 406-foot homer to center field, according to Statcast™, to cap the Indians' three-run inning. After battling a recent slump at the plate, Lindor followed his 2-for-4 night on Tuesday by going 2-for-5 with three RBIs and a run scored.
"Yeah, [it was nice to see Lindor hit] because he'll be able to relax a little bit," Francona said. "I know he's got a couple seasons under his belt and all of that, but when you can relax, you're going to be a better player and a better hitter."
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Jose Ramirez picked up his second hit of the night in the ninth inning to tie the club's record of nine straight games with multiple hits. He is the fourth Indians player to accomplish the feat.
Indians: In Thursday's series finale against the Orioles, the Indians will recall righty Mike Clevinger from Triple-A Columbus to make the start, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET. Clevinger (2-3, 3.89 ERA) started the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Twins and allowed one run on two hits in four innings.
Orioles: Left-hander Wade Miley (3-4, 4.29 ERA) takes the hill for the Orioles at Camden Yards. He'll try for a longer outing after pitching a combined 10 2/3 innings over his past three starts.
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Mandy Bell is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Indians on Wednesday.
Joshua Needelman is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Orioles on Wednesday.